Lowrance wins lone commission seat

Steve Lowrance

By Lesley Hughes
star staff

  The lone seat for Carter County commissioner of the 4th district was captured Tuesday by Steve Lowrance with 46 percent of the votes. The seat opened up a few months ago when Commissioner Chuck Culler resigned from the position citing a move to another district of Carter County and for health-related reasons.
  Lowrance received 1,186 of the 2,603 votes. Unofficial results showed him defeating four other candidates by more than 20 percent. Roberta Petrey Powers was the closest candidate with 587 votes. Gary Lewis received 129 votes. Steven Pearson garnered 231 votes.
  L.C. Tester served on the commission for two months prior to the election, after applying for the vacancy and being ratified by the other 23 commissioners. Tester received 467 votes.
  After hearing the unofficial results, Lowrance said, "I would like to give special thanks to voters and the people who supported me. I would also like to ask people to pray for me and the people on the county commission."
  Lowrance and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Kim and Stephanie. He is also the owner of Blackberry Antiques in Valley Forge.
  During his campaign, Lowrance said citizens of the 4th district should expect from him, "somebody that will stand up for them. They should expect somebody that is not a yes man. When they get them they are getting no strings attached. They will get someone that will stand up and speak out for the people. They will get someone who will speak out about wasteful spending and look out for their interest. If I am elected, I will serve the people because they are the ones who elected me and not any special interests."
  County Mayor Dale Fair said, "I know Steve and I think he will be a good addition." He also complimented Lowrance and his established knowledge of current issues of the commission. "He's been engaged and he knows the issues. I look for him to be very involved."